FIRST OF TWO INCOMING P18N (ENLARGED TYPE 056 DESIGN) 1,800 TON STEALTH OFFSHORE PATROL VESSELS OF THE NIGERIAN NAVY LAUNCHED IN CHINA ; ASSIGNED THE PENNANT NUMBER ‘F91’

full helicopter handling facilities – hangar and helipad

Main gun – 76mm naval artillery is it

PHOTO CREDIT: CHINA DEFENSE/WEIBO

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  1. beegeagle says:

    Props to Mighty Yagz for this peek into the elusive. Actually, he mailed me photos of this fine ship before last light yesterday but I am in transit at this time and my data connection lapsed yesterday, so I could not upload same to this blog this morning. That has been sorted out.Mission accomplished. Now, the sea trials.

    Anyway, in the annals of Nigeria’s naval history, only six corvettes and frigates (NNS Obuma, NNS Dorina, NNS Otobo, NNS Erinomi and NNS Enyimiri have thus far been assiged “F-series” pennant numbers…until NNS Thunder F90 arrived our shores.

    So given the antecedents and the knowledge that this ship is an enlarged OPV variant of the Type 056 corvette, not to mention the “F-series” pennant number, could it be that there are plans to ultimately have these ships imbued with full multimission capability such that they become missile armed OPV-corvettes like the Pattani class of the Royal Thai Navy? Time will tell.

    Ordinarily and as should hold true for any inshore or offshore PATROL craft or vessel, this ship should have a “P-series” pennant number if it were intended to be purely an OPV. Apparently, the NN have other big ideas and we say ‘amen’ to that. Given the open architecture of this ship and its capacity to take on both Chinese and western Commerial-Off-The-Shelf technologies simultaneously (the ship is powered by German-made engines and features a British-made radar system), I HOPE they can consider the full spectrum of ‘baggage free’ SAMs and AShMs from Israel, China (C803s) and Russia (Yakhont) options on the shelf.

    We are sure that one big power will not now connive to have this one whimsically grounded over purely political issues, something which gnaws at the heart of every Nigerian who knows what we witnessed and experienced during the era of arms embargoes and military sanctions when our military capability suffered enormously on account of some pretty majorly naive acquisitions of yore.

    As a nation, we are by reputation known globally as hardnosed and streetwise people who do not suffer fools gladly. We need to make that count by showing smartness in the military choices that we make. We must be ready to play the players in their own game if they choose to be manipulative or ridiculous in their actions towards us.

    Where would Hafez Assad be today if not for the intelligent procurement choices made over the course of many years and the alliances forged in the wake of same?

    Never again, Nigeria.

  2. mayorrules says:

    Wow

  3. giles says:

    oga beeg,wel done pls does dis ship anti ship capabilities

  4. beegeagle says:

    Last December, savvy Beegeagle’s Bloggers let us in on the snippets that were the ongoing upgradation of two long laid-up Westland Lynx Mk.89 ASW helicopters. The delivery date was projected to be March/April 2014 and this OPV is coming home in April, possibly in time for the Nigerian Navy Week slated for May 2014 during which new ships and projects traditionally get commissioned.

    Now those being ASW helics and the fact that two units are being modernised, I suspect that they are fated to serve as embarked helicopters on the P18N ships. True to specs, those would be torpedo-armed

  5. Yagazie says:

    I am SOOOO EXCITED!!! At long last slowly but surely our Navy is being resuscitated. Since NNS Aradu was commissioned into our Navy in 1982, this is the first brand new big capital ship that is being built/commissioned for the navy.

    Oga Beegz- brilliant analysis. I agree that it’s more likely than not that having been assigned an ‘F-series’ pennant number, this ship will be equipped with full multimission capabilities like the smaller Pattani Class OPV-corvette operated by the Thai navy, otherwise what will be the point of having one of the 2 Lnyx helos (configured for ASW) currently being refurbished embarked upon it? Besides I believe that NNS Thunder and USCGS Gallatin (when it arrives) wil be used purely as OPVs, whilst the 2 new P18Ns together with NNS Aradu (when refurbished) will form the backbone of our surface warship fleet.

    2014 will be a great year for our Navy!!

    • beegeagle says:

      Indeed, my man, this is the first brand-new ship in the over 1,000 ton category coming into NN service since 1982. Now, that is dereliction of responsibility to the NN.

      Regardless, we must add that the NN received five used, very long range oceangoing vessels from the USCGC since 2003 namely, four 1,041 Cat class buoy tenders which serve as logistics/patrol vessels and a hefty 3,250 ton NNS Thunder F90…so large that her sister ships at once became the biggest ships in the worthy navies of Bangladesh and The Philippines.

      Good news…another new P18N ship two-thirds of whose construction is to be completed at the expanded and modernised NN Shipyard at Port Harcourt and a second, used 3,250 ton patrol frigate would be joining the service of the NN in 2014-15.

      Add to that, an upgraded 3,360 ton flagship NNS Aradu, a new 38m Made-in-Nigeria patrol ship, two 32 metre OCEA patrol ships and EIGHT refitted ships in the 32 metre, 50 metre and 58 metre category and you would permit me to posit that from here, the only way for the NN is UP.

      So what is the story – LPDs and submarines as itemised in the 10 Year Plan of the NN? Are we likely to get those from China as well?

      Gentlemen, we are building a greenwater navy as we speak. Way to go, NN. Kudos FG. More..

      • jimmy says:

        Oga beegs/ freegulf just needed some info from you who was more senior in 1966 ojukwu or gowon? not trying to derail the thread .

  6. Are James says:

    THIS JUST IN!!!
    Arising from the secret confirmation hearings for new service chiefs, the Senate and House of Representatives may have tactfully agreed to the loosening of the purse strings on defence and security by agreeing to the placing defence and securitu on the constitutional “first line expenditure’ item list.
    This should make the acquisition of platforms easier for all services and ensure better budget performance. Defence industry may also receive a boost for the new measure thus improving the overall national GDP eventually.
    Strong defence is good business.

    • jimmy says:

      o boy are james LONG DAY AT WORK was just made a little bit easier. MY OGAS on top @ Beegeagle have said the day when there is synergy b/w the political will power and the military will power things will surely get better. i have often said repeatedly that the money is then repeatedly it is held up or shortchanged by the you know” whos”, it appears that MADAM GRADUALLY is losing her veto power which in itself considering we are fighting a full blown insurgency is a good thing.
      No country can conduct biz in atmosphere where security is lackadasical.A country that invests heavily in its security is open and ready for biz in the Yoruba language there is a proverb that fits the dilemma of defence expenditure and procurement” obe to ba dun owo ni je be”(Translation” A STEW THAT TASTE GOOD MEANS/COSTS MONEY”)
      The f.g. can spend trillions of Naira on MARSHALL like programs in the NE AND THE NIGER DELTA if they do not spend / hold up the appropriate funds on defence and I mean S-P-E-N-D. then we are not worthy.

    • CHYDE says:

      I was listening to those legislators on radio and all they were saying concerning what was budgeted for the Armed force (small when compared to what was on ground for the Amnesty prog. et al.) I just hope these guys aren’t playing to the gallery but mean business this time around.

  7. peccavi says:

    Naija, you dey finally wake up? Hmm
    Nice one

  8. Anas says:

    Wow ! Wat a sight to behold ,I’m speechless .Guys hw una dey I rly missed eveyone here its feels gud to be back

  9. drag_on says:

    Has anybody noticed that our type 056 is quite different? The height differential between the main Gun and the Bridge is much larger. Their is a ‘cut’ at the side of the hull mid-ship not seen in other models(probably to ease the deployment of torpedoes?). Also what seems like a radome close to the stern, where the SAMS should be.The radome sits on a much larger platform than the classic 056, almost the same size as the exhaust cooler.

  10. lordfej says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQnymN46Z-Q an nta news reportage on the incoming vessel. Greetings to all cyber generals and le marshall

    • American Friend says:

      Report seems to suggest in-country assembly of a follow on ship at Port Harcourt. How likely is that? Any images of the shipyard at Port Harcourt? I am aware of the dockyard in Lagos; what level of capability is available in Port Harcourt?

      • American Friend says:

        Answering my own question: http://www.piriou.fr/articles/images/les-sites/2013_WAS.JPG and http://new.was-shipyard.com/
        Looks big enough, perhaps, for an OPV. Tidy looking operation.

      • beegeagle says:

        The West Atlantic Shipyard is a French-led commercial venture which became operational around 2005 and service the oil industry and maritime sector needs. It should not be confused with the Nigerian Navy Shipyard which was acquired in 1990.

        The only thing which they have in common is that they are both situated within the Port Harcourt general area.

        Elsewhere in Lagos, there is the Swiss-Nigerian Continental Shipyard which has in recent times, handled the refurbishment of a 58 metre FAC, “NNS Siri”

      • beegeagle says:

        The Nigerian Navy own a shipyard at Port Harcourt which is currently undergoing expansion works with Chinese assistance. The big idea is to get it to have the same 10,000 ton docking capacity which suffices for the historically better equipped and more significant Naval Dockyard in Lagos. That is where Nigerian and Chinese technical crews shall complete the second ship.

        There are reports in the archives about both of these facilities – the dockyard at Lagos and shipyard at Port Harcourt.

        There are unconfirmed reports of a follow-on order for ten P18N/Type 056 OPVs/corvettes and that, in addition to strategic concerns for continuing seaworthiness+lifecycle maintenance, possibly inform the major turnaround which the shipyard is undergoing at this time.

        Nigerians wholeheartedly welcome any attempt to reposition their navy.

  11. beegeagle says:

    Well, there are modifications/improvements to our P18N variant and that is why it is bigger

    – the basic Type 056 design only has a flight deck (helipad), is 89 metres and her displacement peaks at 1,440 tons WHEREAS our own variant is 95 metres (because of the optional hangar incorporated), weighs in at 1,800 tons and features a hangar and a flight deck, the largest vessel of that Type 056 class of derivatives. Indeed, that 360 ton differential represents the displacement of a NN Combattante III 58 metre FAC…so it is quite significant.

    The Pattani class OPVs of the Royal Thai Navy also features a flight deck+hangar but weighs in at a standard 1,440 tons and features a 2-cell AShM launcher ( “shud in case🙂 “)

    We understand that there are modifications to the pair of Type 056 corvettes which the Bangladeshi Navy placed orders for which should see them entering service with flight decks+hangars as well. The Bangladeshis also placed an order for two 64 metre 600 ton large missile craft which are “miniaturised Type 056 designs” armed with anti-ship missiles.

    The Bangladesh Navy whose naval air arm commenced operations in 2011 (the Nigerian Navy Air Arm was formed in 1984), is also witnessing rapid growth. They have acquired three Agusta A109e Power helos, two Dornier Do 228NG MPA planes and to service their incoming Type 056 light frigates, have placed an order for two Harbin Z-9C naval helicopters.

    We need to watch and see what they do with the “BNS Samudro Joy”, sister ship to the BRP Gregorio del Pilar of the great Admiral Max’s Philippines and to our own NNS Thunder. I hear that they are going to beef up their ship with a solid footprint of Chinese-made SAMs and the fearsome C803 AShM.

    How about that for naval peer reviews, gentlemen🙂 ? Good morning one and all. Thank you God for making us see the light of a brand new day…from the deck of this ship and from our homes. Glory be…

  12. beegeagle says:

    This being the centenary year of the amalgamation of the Protectorates of Northern Nigeria and Southern Nigeria in 1914, I suggest that one of these three incoming big ships – the pair of P18Ns or the second 3,250 tonner should be named a funky and meaningful NNS Centenary.

    Mek una tink am well

    • jimmy says:

      NN OBA Ovonramwen, appropriate due to soooooo many details political, naval and economic trade and his spirit still lives on. Appropriate considering he died in 1914 ( exactly one hundred years later a mighty ship was named after him heavy with symbolism.
      NN TAFA BALEWA First Nigerian prime minister.Enough said
      NN WEY First Nigerian ADMIRAL of the Navy.

      • Are James says:

        I go with NNS Ovonranwem.
        His defeat made the amalgamation possible (some think) plus he died near the Gulf of Guinea (strategic significance) plus Admirals Aikhigbe and Aikhomu who could be regarded as his fourth generation subjects were two deputy heads of state and would have loved the ships being so named

  13. American Friend says:

    Some Naval Architectural details: the rounded notch just forward of the house looks to be for clearance for mooring lines. Looking at other photos of sisterships shows this same detail, although most others seem to have fairing plate fitted over that opening, see http://i.imgur.com/CSkhZ.jpg for example. I do NOT see this as access for torps, me. Not enough room on the foredeck for the launchers.

    The white radome aft looks to me like SatComm. Without a good outboard profile or aft quarter view, it’s tough to figure out what aft weapons fit there might be. Some SAM capability would be good. It seems to be lacking in NN assets, and the Falklands showed that it’s hard to stop determined men flying at wavetop level with relatively un-sophisticated airframes and iron bombs.

    • beegeagle says:

      I am even thinking that, rather than aiding the launch of torpedoes, that hatch is intended to hold a 12m landing craft/patrol boat or an 11m RHIB for special/amphibious forces board and search maneouvres.

      Think about the Knud Rasmussen OPV as shown elsewhere on this blog

      • drag_on says:

        I have to admit i now see 2-3 similar crane like projections for lowering a patrol boat after your explanation.

    • drag_on says:

      You are right, The location forward of the bridge next to the main gun,very visible in picture 3, is the clearing for mooring lines and it has a plate over it in her sister ships. The area i talked about as a ‘cut’ is amidship for torpedo or anti-ship launch.However, i see 2 cranes in that area, so a boat is bound to be there.However, since we cant see the starboard or port side properly its hard to tell what-else is there.I do know the 30mm CIWS guns will be there like her sister-ships but not much else.

      • drag_on says:

        Sorry,picture 5.

      • beegeagle says:

        Two 30mm cannons and a 76mm main gun – STANDARD. The NN are bound to add a few .50 cal HMGs in-country. They have those on OCEA and Shaldag patrol craft, 32m patrol craft, Cat class multipurpose ships and even on the NNS Thunder F90

      • Are James says:

        Any spec on the CIWS that was selected?.
        I know you need to couple it to some high performance ballistic/missile approach warning system for this system to be at least 90% reliable but for the CIWS we don’t need Chinese technology.

  14. beegeagle says:

    Perhaps these shots from the Knud Rasmuseen OPV might give an idea as to what the purpose of the ‘controversial’ features on the P18N are intended for

  15. drag_on says:

    Oba beeg, i have 2 more pictures of the ship. A close up of the bow from the starboard and port side,and also the mast. Also, today Defenceweb, posted the news . I think they monitor you.

  16. drag_on says:

    That should be 3 pictures.

  17. Tope says:

    Beeg Eagle Bloggers, We dey Celebrate on this End…..Sea Trials going by Traditional Chinese Professionalism will be done by March….Our Seamen will cruise with it from Middle of March to April and it would Definitely Sail into Nigerian Waters by May so Expect by Navy Week our Brand new OPV, 2 Westland Lynx, 2nd OPV Hall in PH dockyard and Also Commissioning of da 38 metre SDB and to top it off if da US agrees to let da Hamilton go den by Miracle 2 or 3 OPVs will be in Nigeria now that is a Green Navy headin for Blue Water Capability right there.

    Meanwhile the NN Air Arm needs to be upgraded I suggest the Italian Reconnaisance Airframes dat hv been around to be Transfered and additional 3 Airframes and also da MB339 be Refitted.

    • Are James says:

      I agree that the MB339CD has tremendous capabilities in the maritime security role. However I think the NN is not ready to run jet aircraft and the NAF is completely unwitting as far as the integration of the ATR 42 aircraft operations with ships and other aircraft in its inventory to provide all round surveillance of the gulf of guinea is concerned.

      So a step at a time;
      1. Choppers and landing operations on ship flight decks ( 3 months of exercises to prove develop capability)
      2. Communications, command and intelligence integration (3 months of exercises to develop capabilities and standardize on procedures)
      3. Joint operations with NA and NAF (3 months after 1&2. DHQ should have a three star general making sure that the capability exists. )
      4. Transfer of MB339CD Maritime to the Navy operating out of PH or Calabar (could be done in 2015).

      Weaknesses and Threats:
      1. The Navy air arm is currently very, very badly run (corroborating posts on the internet)
      2. Normal aviation safety standards not being implemented
      3. Undefined career progression for Naval air arm pilots
      4. NN leadership still not bought in on the cost effectiveness of supporting naval operations from the air. I think it is a ‘force multiplier’, cuts operating costs and provides quick reaction to economic sabotage, piracy and kidnapping threats. With the ATR 42 upgraded there is a further strategic littoral intelligence capability.

      The general idea is that all the platforms being acquired by the Navy should force detailed reviews of the way they do things so that we gain maximally from the acquisition.

      • jimmy says:

        OGA ARE JAMES
        much respect for your comments.
        “1. Choppers and landing operations on ship flight decks ( 3 months of exercises to prove develop capability)
        2. Communications, command and intelligence integration (3 months of exercises to develop capabilities and standardize on procedures)
        3. Joint operations with NA and NAF (3 months after 1&2. DHQ should have a three star general making sure that the capability exists. )”
        For #1 The Navy I believe has already been doing this in fact Oga Beegeagle has a picture of out gone CNS DELE EZEOBA alighting i believe an AUGUSTA on the deck of the N.N .THUNDER.
        For #2 The last two major naval exercise OPERATION Faruta ( sp) oban? spelling is wrong my memory fails me involved SHIP TO SHIP communications .One of these major naval operations involved as many as eight NAVAL WARSHIPS in close proximity to one another. So communication was key.
        #3 his has been on going since the Niger delta insurgency in fact it is an open secret that Special forces from the NAVY have been in the NE which is by no means a MARINE area but still within their scope of capabilities.
        I sincerely believe with the “F91” coming on board The N.N. air arm based @ Warri is going to receive a much needed boost. Do not forget both these ships with most likely have Heli pads and this is also most likely going to serve as the blue print going forward. i.e when the N.N. procure ships in the 1,800 – 2000 TON CATEGORY IT MUST HAVE A HELIPAD AND HANGAR.

  18. CHYDE says:

    While we are celebrating the New OPV ( and rightly so) Oga Beegs , is there any news as regards PIPAV?

  19. beegeagle says:

    Nothing that I know of. A global naval aficionado told me backstage that the deal is off whereas a would-be commenter from India who works for a rival shipyard was ‘bad mouthing’ PIPAVAV and suggesting that they do not deserve the Nigerian contract.

    What that means is that the unnamed West African customer for Pipavav OPV-corvettes which was disclosed in August 2012 was most definitely, Nigeria. We shall see how that goes. Those are even bigger ships 105 metres and 2000 tons.

    • CHYDE says:

      I am trying to add 2 and 2, Correct me if i am wrong, the deal with PIPAV being called off could mean that the unconfirmed reports as regards the purchase/production of 10 more P18N’s might hold some water, i hope to get some good news soonest

  20. Solorex says:

    Without giving into sentiments, i strongly believe that the client for the Pipavav OPV is either Nigeria or E- Guinea: Nigeria is in the middle of military reforms characterized by acquisition of modern platforms and E-Guinea lately caught the “buy what is bigger than your capacity syndrome”-remember Bata OPV?. Whichever way, I seriously think the deal ran into troubled waters-After nearly 24 months we should have seen the OPV, at least the hull in press!, You can’t hide an OPV built in an Indian private shipyard (if it be China or Russia, it would be possible) from the press this long.

    We might have design issues, payment issues, legal issue with the contracts or it may be totally off. Something definitely is wrong with the Pipavav West African OPV deal! Pipavav has also removed the much heralded press release from the news section of its website for a long time; lending credence to the fact that the deal is not running smoothly or its been renegotiated or amended in someways.

  21. Are James says:

    I think the Pipavav problem is easy to explain – opportunity cost considerations + the FG mismanaged the entire fiscal 2013 budget of the country in a way nobody understands even now.

    As for the opportunity cost consideration; at more then USD200 million for the two OPVs do you think the deal is justified when we have a sister arm (the Nigerian Air Force) in such a pathetic state?.

  22. giles says:

    pls i wil lik to ask,don’t OPV’s carry missiles and other armaments.

  23. drag_on says:

    For those in the know, a Google Earth picture from Dec. 2012 shows Makurdi AFB with 34 Jets parked on one side and another 6 on the other side of the air-port.Some are delta wings others not,but they are all jets.Anybody with knowledge on the jets there?

    • doziex says:

      @drag on, it’s nothing but old migs and jags.

      • drag_on says:

        O.k. tnxs, i thought the JAG’s were in hangers.

      • Are James says:

        I beg to disagree.
        The Jaguars are in hangers and Nigeria bought enough numbers of MIG 21 MF s and MIG 21US that make up that number minus the number lost to BH in Maiduguri

        But Google Earth picture?’ …..Na wa o, military enthusiasts dey try o…

        Most in service jets would also be in newly constructed hangars except those on hot standby for killing BH from the air.

  24. (@lordfej) says:

    on the new ship and the first lady commissioning it

  25. igbi says:

    I just want to underlign that “first lady” is not a real title and that the presidents wife had no business officiating there.

    • Igbi, you don come again ooh!!!!!!

      • Are James says:

        LFMAO.
        We know this blog is being closely monitored but we still need to….. ”underline that first lady is not a real xxxxx and that presidents’ xxxx xxx xx business officiating xxxxx.”
        LOL

    • Anas says:

      Lmao oga igbi don come always trying to rock the boat but d egbon get point sha someone like nigeria s defence attache to china or his rep ought to hv been d one doing the rep

  26. igbi says:

    underline

    • doziex says:

      Oga Igbi, as our military attache to Beijing noted, it is traditionally 1st ladies, or other note worthy females that launch ships.

      You always see them smashing a bottle of champaign on the ships bow.
      See NN’s web site for the defense attaches explanation.

    • doziex says:

      However, I get your point.

      All this Yeye dignitaries should just stay home, and stop waisting our money.

      This is supposed to be 1 out of a projected 49 capital ships.
      What we gonna fly in these parade of dignitaries every time we launch a ship ?

      Nigerians, we too like fan fare. How about we just retool our navy to be the best in africa, and dispense with the fanfare for now.

  27. jimmy says:

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201401310081.html
    It is amazing what happens when you have effective RADAR and SATELLITES covering your marine time AREA when you actually have the will power to do the right thing . AMAZING!

    • Are James says:

      Spend the money, eat good soup.
      This systems were US financed and is being closely monitored by AFRICOM so any more spikes in maritime security issues like crude oil theft we know where to lay the blame and big brother is watching.
      The fact that we even needed the US to put this in place is extremely annoying and makes one peeved at parochial, greedy. low minded leadership in most institutions of government that is even now affecting the military.
      Lets hope we get sustained benefits from the surveillance systems.

  28. jimmy says:

    And the beat goes on……..interesting interview.
    interesting notes on the NN

  29. lordfej says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCAzPzUR9u4 another video talking about the second vessel to be refitted in portharcourt

  30. lordfej says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhtQPxIGYfA a video about the african winds exercise pease enjoy

  31. lordfej says:

    another on the fleet review australia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJnfc_wpMDw

  32. number one says:

    The SAS Galeshewe offshore patrol vessel. SA Navy photo.Will Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) be the workhorse of all Navies in the future? This is the question that you could asked yourself after the latest naval conference organized by IQPC on 15 to 17 October in Saint-Cyr sur Mer, on the French Riviera.

    Gathering a huge panel of specialists, shipbuilders and high-ranking officers from all over the World, IQPC offered interesting briefings about what seems to be the vessel type of choice for many naval forces. According to several participants, OPVs are sufficient for most tasks currently assigned to navies, including environmental and maritime resources protection, as well as representing the State’s political authority at sea.

    Currently, several leading navies use frigates for assistance missions, but this kind of vessel is clearly oversized. Take the French example: you do not need a sophisticated, heavily armed and protected 6000 tons FREMM frigate to rescue illegal migrants, monitor fishing activities or provide assistance after a natural disaster…

    That said, even if an OPV can perform this kind of missions, Navies do sometimes need bigger ships. Different weather and sea conditions also have an influence. This is the case in the Philippines, for example, where the Navy must cope with really different scenarios between the South and the North of the Archipelago. The Navy can easily use OPV in the South of the country, but it could be a tougher and different story in the North…

    The latest dramatic events following the Typhoon showed this could be a problem. Another challenge, impacting almost all Navies around the world, is a lack of funds. It is more and more difficult for navies to conduct big shipbuilding programmes. Seamen have to adjust their needs to their means. OPV offer some flexibility here, as they can be “more or less armed”. For example, this is the case with designs proposed by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding – the Sigma OPV – can realize several kind of low intensity missions usually performed by corvettes or frigates.
    READ MORE
    OPVs take up counter piracy duties
    Nigerian businessman buys decommissioned Irish offshore patrol vessel
    Mozambique signs patrol, interceptor vessel contract with CMN
    Nigerian OPV conference seeks more collaboration to halt African piracy

    Of course you would rather give this kind of mission to the bigger OPVs, but it could be a good alternative to Frigates, mainly because deployment costs less… For their part, shipbuilders also explained how they are trying to reduce manufacturing cost. For example, the French shipyards DCNS has partnered with a smaller French shipyard Piriou – mainly engaged in the construction of small patrol boats – in order to build OPVs. The aim is not only to share knowledge and know-how but also be innovative and propose cheaper products.

    But when you are a meaningful military power can you be satisfied with OPVs? And when you are an emerging power looking to become a regional or global player can you do it without main vessels like frigates?

    Both questions may call for one single answer which is: probably not! But OPVs nevertheless appear to be one of the must-haves for any modern Naval fleet. Every shipyard is now able to propose OPV types for their customers, and when you take into consideration that the design of a big OPV is quite similar to a corvette design – although less weaponized – you know that you are almost able to have two designs for the price of one in your catalogue.

    The main selling point of the conference was to compare and confront the points of view of numerous and very different Navies, such the French, the Norwegian, the Algerian or Philippines Navy and others. They all operate in a different contexts, they do not share the same CONOPS, they obviously have different needs and allocated resources, they have different plans regarding their future and the military effect they want to achieve… However, interestingly, OPVs appear as one common platform of choice for them all to carry out their main tasks.(defenceweb)
    ….

  33. beegeagle says:

    GUNNERY

    – a H/PJ26 76mm main gun

    – two H/PJ14 30mm guns

  34. beegeagle says:

    In enumerating the aviation assets of the NN Air Arm, some of us Beegeagle’s Bloggers who are involved in the serious matter of updating the Nigerian Armed Forces pages on WIKIPEDIA, inadvertently omitted the fact that the NN also operate Bell Jet Ranger helicopters.

    Beegeagle’s Blog is proud to have published the first photo of a Bell Jet Ranger way back in July 2012 following a visit to the NN Special Boat Service commandos in Lagos. The said airframe marked “10” was used to simulate a hot extraction during the P-O-P of the BOCC Course 7 Intake of the SBS.

    Thereafter, we published another photo of two Bell Jet Ranger helics inside a NN hangar.

    Navy Bell Jet Ranger helicopters(foreground and background). To the right is an Agusta A109e Power

    Navy Bell Jet Ranger helicopters(foreground and background). To the right is an Agusta A109e Power

    http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/world-exclusive-bell-jet-ranger-helicopters-of-the-nigerian-navy-air-arminspiration-henry-abeegeagles-blogger/

    A Bell helicopter of the Navy Air Arm(first-ever photo) arrives to extract SBS commandos and captive

    A Bell helicopter of the Navy Air Arm(first-ever photo) arrives to extract SBS commandos and captive

    http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/nigerian-navy-special-boat-service-commandos-world-exclusive-photo-seriesiii-hot-extraction/?relatedposts_exclude=11304

    http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/nigerian-navy-special-boat-service-world-exclusive-seriesv-first-in-service-photos/?relatedposts_exclude=15561

    Bottomline – the NN Air Arm incontrovertibly own more than 11 helicopters..not when the Bell Jet Ranger types are completely unaccounted for.

  35. lordfej says:

    i just stumbled on some pictures on instagram and a video also of the Nigerian navy. i cant put them here and if there. its a picture of sea trial being conducted by Nautic Africa FOR A 17M Patrol boat and the sea trial was successful. i also stumbled on a snippet of a video about the joint operations beyween the Italian aircraft carrier and the Nigerian Navy. The exercise i saw didnt look like fire drills but ship maneuvers. use the hashtag search #nigeriannavy and you would find it

  36. buchi says:

    oga beeg please i beg for more clarifications i am more of a plane freak than naval nut but i know that every modern military ship has aft anti missile guns which run in line with the radar detectors i havent seen any on this opv also the what is the main 77mm gun firing range and max tornage.around the starboard area the design sorts of confuses me.it a little low than other ships.the NN is really making me proud i believe sincerly dat by the end of this year we could have our first heavy class destroyer whether new or Fairly used.i want to know if we paced orders for the retired german frigates in same class as aradu..oga beez i humbly await your clarifications

    • beegeagle says:

      Welcome to Beegeagle’s Blog, Buchi.

      I have only surmised, based on the F-series pennant number and because the P18N OPVs are based on an enlarged Type 056 design, that these ships might be missile-armed, in-country.

      It has taken 32 years for Nigeria to place orders for any new-build ships in the over 1,000 ton category. That means we are pathetically slow on the uptake as far as fleet refurbishment goes. So given the trend, I am wondering why the NN would leave such big ships without missiles. Our big ships should be fully multimission-compliant since we take decades to get around thinking of buying ships this size.

      If the second ship is going to be completed in-country with Chinese guidance at the NN Shipyard in PHC, do not foreclose the possibility of these ships getting armed with missiles and torpedoes in Nigeria. Even as the actual public statement made at the time of the contract signing only mentioned naval artillery and CIWS, Nigeria and China are both very good at keeping military secrets and might yet spring a surprise on watchers.

      Finally, at this time there have been no confirmed contracts for the purchase of two decommissioned F122 frigates, which like our NNN Aradu, was constructed by Blohm+Voss in Germany.

  37. Kay says:

    More videos on F91

    On board the vessel

  38. Kay says:


    English description.

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